LA JOLLA, Calif. – Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of California San Diego could be in hot water after one of their brothers was accused of requesting topless photos from a female student for a rush event.
On Thursday, student Rachel Friedman said she received a Facebook message from SAE’s Spenser Cornett requesting “rush boob” photos from her or other women students she knew. The message said that their faces did not need to be in the photos, but that “Rush Sigma Alpha Epsilon” needed to be written on their chests.
Friedman, a second-year UCSD student, was shocked and called the request degrading. She was even more upset because she met Cornett at a gender-equality event.
Friedman, a sociology major, expressed her outrage on Facebook and posted the dialogue between her and the fraternity brother. It was shared hundreds of times and received plenty of feedback.
UCSD’s SAE chapter responded on their Facebook page by posting a status that read in part, “Those responsible within our chapter are being dealt with accordingly… Sigma Alpha Epsilon as an organization does not condone objectifying women.”
Friedman said she did not believe the fraternity should be shamed but the issue of “fraternity guy mentality” should be addressed because some of their actions can be seen as hazing and degrading.
Friedman said campuses need to have more sexual harassment workshops in which they address the root of the problem, which she believes is the objectification of women.
The sophomore said “rush boob” pictures are an example of how fraternities objectify women by degrading them in the process of recruiting members during rush.
Ironically, SAE’s philanthropy is breast cancer awareness.
Since October is known as breast cancer awareness month, the fraternity has a team participating in the ‘Making Strides of San Diego Breast Cancer Walk’ on Sunday.
FOX 5 asked the fraternity to comment on this story Thursday night but did not receive a response.
This is not the first time Sig Alph has been in the spotlight for negative attention.
You’ll remember the controversy at OU over a video of a racist chant that was recorded on a bus full of the fraternity brothers.